At 9/8/09 09:14 PM, Conspiracy3 wrote:
The communist party actually was one of the strongest advocates of civil rights. As a matter of fact there is a verse in the internationale about supporting civil rights. The communist party were the first to support the trial of the scotsboro boys.
Party Politics at it's fullest display.
The Communist party appealed to the fringe elements because they realized that they were the most likely to be attracted to a political and social philosophy that blamed "The System" and promised an everlasting paradise if one simply commited mass acts of expropriation and installed a total-state.
Rothbard tried something similar 60's and early 70's, he thought that people on the social fringe would be most willing to adopt libertarianism because of their dislike for the current system, as long as him and his followers could dissuade those on the social fringe from the violent compulsion of communism and move them towards a more voluntarist approach.
Naturally, the Communists succeeded and Rothbard Failed.
That being said, once the Communist party came to power, they quickly abandoned any notions of tolerance. There was no cultural renaissance in Communist countries aside from the short euphoria period that occurred after the communist party came to power.
The Rock and Roll Era may have been communistic, but in a communist society political dissenters and social deviants will be crushed; that kind of independence detracts from the sense of universal equality between peoples.